Ever since the first 911 Turbo arrived in 1974, it has been the point at which Porsche’s famous sportscar becomes a supercar. The latest version is packed with more technology than ever, including rear-axle steering like the GT3.
But if you want even more power, for £22,503 more than the Turbo, you get the Turbo S. This has an extra 40bhp, and Porsche’s active chassis control, ceramic brakes and dynamic engine mounts thrown in.
You also get LED headlights, forged wheels and exclusive interior trim ensure it looks a little different, too. But it’s the driving experience that defines the Turbo S. On the road, it never feels anything other than ferociously fast. For a forthcoming road test, we recorded an incredible 2.8-second 0-60mph time – the fastest in Auto Express history - while the unrelenting in-gear thrust is equally mind-boggling.
Yet, with all-wheel drive, faultless body control and lots of grip the Turbo S is massively reassuring and refreshingly easy to drive on the road.
As you’d expect in a 911, the steering is fast, well weighted and sharp, while the PDK gearbox (there’s no longer a manual option) is well suited to the technology packed Turbo S.
It demands few comfort and practicality compromises, either. Aside, from the wide tyres being sensitive to poor surfaces and generating some tyre roar, with standard PASM active damping, the ride is decent for a car of this type, while the boot and small rear seats mean it’s far more practical than mid-engined rivals.
Outside of the 918 Spyder, the Turbo S is the fastest Porsche money can buy and another fine example of the ‘super’ 911.